The fact that the Jacksonville Jaguars are winless through the first seven weeks of the season shouldn’t surprise anyone.
The team led by Gus Bradley has been unable to produce offense on a consistent basis in the beginning of the season, and even when there have been some improvements as the season advances, the lack of consistent scoring weapons has really hurt their chances so far.
Things won’t get any easier as they will play against the San Francisco 49ers in London tomorrow.
There’s a reason why the Jaguars are considered underdogs for this game, as they don’t have many chances to come away with a positive result against the team led by Colin Kaepernick. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t stand a slight chance to pull an upset.
The first thing the Jaguars need to do is to be effective on the passing attack. Chad Henne has been able to throw for 300 yards in consecutive games, and he seems much more comfortable managing the offense after each game. If Henne is accurate, then the receivers group led by Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III will have plenty chances to make a difference against a secondary that has struggled to stop the pass.
Maurice Jones-Drew also needs to have a strong game. The 49ers’ defense is 13th in yards allowed through the ground, so MJD needs to be effective while carrying the ball. San Francisco has already allowed seven touchdowns through the running game, so if Jones-Drew is able to get near the end zone, he could have a great impact for the Jags.
Last but not least, the Jaguars need to find a way to stop the running game led by Kaepernick and Frank Gore. Despite the fact that the quarterback isn’t using his legs as much as he used to last season, he’s still a threat, as he can create havoc in any moment when given enough space. Gore, on the other hand, is also on a good run and has found the end zone in three-straight games. Clearly, the Jaguars’ defensive line will need to be at their best if they want to give the team a chance to win.
There’s little doubt that the 49ers are the favorites to win the game. But if the Jaguars can find their groove in London, they could return home with their first win of the NFL season.